Formal request for "French (all periods)"

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Feb 13 23:07:04 CET 2007

Peter Constable scripsit:

> Absolutely not! That would be making a complete muddle. Effectively,
> you'd have a category meaning "every language variety ever influenced
> by Old French". Shall we include English in that?

Well, there's influence by borrowing, influence by being the substrate
language, and there's influence by descent.

In my (as yet unpublished) Gaelic-all-periods proposal, Old Irish,
Middle Irish, (Modern) Irish, Scottish Gaelic, and Manx are all included.

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